This is our second year at this school, and we love it. What a breath of fresh air - the diversity is great and the program is demanding but is a wonderful preperation for college. They are choosey on who gets in and it is not for everyone, but if you can get in, and you enjoy a unique atmosphere with a challenging program, this is SA's hidden treasure!
I am currently a freshman at Keystone School. I have been attending the school since 4th grade. When I first came I realized the school was excellent, with many unique ways, and great students and teachers. It is academically advanced and has taught me wonders. Upon entering high school I've realized it is not anything like what it used to be, and has a poor social enviornment. The sports teams are not so great and there aren't many outstanding social clubs. So if you want your child to have good people skills and experience a good social life, then Keystone is probably not for you.
I am a student @ Keystone, and i think that Keystone is a very good school academically, but socially it is not as strong for the school has a mere average of 36 kids in every grade. I have been going to this school since kinder, and now i am in 9th grade. One other downside may be the expense of the school, but as long as you have the money, and make sure your child does activities outside of school to help their social abilities Keystone is right for you!
I went to this school, K-12 as did both of my older brothers and to be honest, it ain't what it used to be. A child no longer has to be gifted to be accepted; as long as his parents are willing to pay, anybody can get in. I can't rate the lower or middle school teachers since most of the teachers that taught me have left, but I can say that most of the high school teachers are very, very good. Keystone used to be awesome because it was so laid-back and unique and it still it is, kinda. The current administration has been pushing to make it more mainstream which I feel is ruining the unique atmosphere that makes Keystone great.
Have been a parent at this school for over 10 years with experience in lower, middle and upper. School recently has undergone some major revisions, which have upset and alienated some, but stasis and stagnation invite sub-par performance. The teaching staff are gifted, the curriculum is strong. The weakest link right now is the middle school, which has very little flexibility for the extraordinarily gifted student. Overall, one of the strongest schools in the entire country for college prep. Currently also NOT a school for the wealthy, encouraging matriculation for students who are capable and not just with big bankrolls.
I am current parent at Keystone (2008) and I am more than pleased with this school. Other reviews of teacher turnover and headmaster issues are off base. For the 2007 school year all teachers that were offered a contract accepted, same with 2008 except for an upper school teacher who decided to retired. The headmaster had to make some difficult choices and the current teaching staff is gifted. The new head of lower school is from Vermont, and she has brought good ideas to the school. There are 14 kids in our class and he loves to go to school everyday. My daughter is at Saint Mary's Hall and I prefer Keystone in all aspects except performing arts.
It could be a wonderful school. This school is for those that can afford it, not the academically gifted anymore. It does not address the gifted students needs within the lower school. Once you are in, it is difficult to get out...we have no other options in SA.
The best school I have ever attended at which I am encouraged to learn everything I can. You compete with your fellow classmates for good grades. This would never happen at any ordinary school.
Keystone used to be great but the headmaster forced out too many excellent teachers and alienated many devoted alum and parents.
I am a current student at Keystone and it is an incredible place. It has a true community of students, their families, teachers, and administrators. We get a lot of rigorous work, but our teachers are always there to help us with anything we might need. We also have so much freedom as well as opportunities and encouragement to develop ourselves as individuals.
This is a school for the elite group of people in San Antonio. Three of my children have attended this school from kindergarten through 12th grade and have already graduated and are currently attending Yale, Princeton, and UCLA. I highly recomend this school. I do agree that the school is very harsh and puts alot on your plate at once, but I know that it is all worth it in the end. Thank You.
Good place for academically-minded students, but no mechanism to move students ahead in a subject in which they excel. New headmaster can be unpredictable and seems inexperienced in dealing with children. The teachers are very good overall. The children are welcoming to new students. Class size is smaller than at public schools. Math program is behind the accelerated math in public high school as well as at least one other private school.
The headmaster hurts this school greatly. It lacks good leadership. The turnover is incredible with administrators, teachers and kids in the lower school. The headmaster does not deal with problems. Instead he targets the teachers, parents and kids for elimination. This once was a nice place, but it is no longer. The lower school does not do a great job teaching highly intelligent children. It's basically just like a good public school education.
Academically the school is great, but I question its lower elementary program. Since, my child has been at this school each academic year came with a new teacher, different learning strategies for handling the core subjects, specifically, math, and changes in the Head of Lower Elementary. There is no flow of the subject matter from one grade to the next with each teacher focusing on the core subjects in a different manner. Although, my child is striving academically with all the turmoil, I highly recommend you monitor your child s academic progress specifically in math, reading, and writing, and wait until middle school to come here and get the most out of your dollars.
Teachers are excellent with few exceptions. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the kindergarten program and there were many opportunities there for us to be involved and participate. The academics can't be beat and the small number of students makes for a wonderful community. The new administration does not seem to fully support the staff and the school has lost good teachers due to this. Buildings could be better maintained and discipline handled by administration more strictly.
Quite simply...the best school; for the brightest and most driven kids. Parent involvement is uniquely inviting...no pressure;very welcoming. Everyone at Keystone is part of a wonderful community. If you have a child that does not respect education and learning..this is not the place for him/her. Students,faculty along with parents have a great mutual admiration and respect for one another. Great school!
Academically very rigorous, but dedicated teachers assist students who are motivated enough to hang in there and keep trying. We know our children will be well prepared for any academic experience and will have a strong work ethic. We also love the diversity of the student body and the richness it adds to campus life. No school like it in the STATE, and the best education available for dedicated and/or gifted students.
Excellent academic programs! Superior teachers and activities available. Small enrollment allows parents to become involved in many aspects of school.
Great school. This school is not for the average student. Don't send your child there unless they are very dedicated to homework and learning. Your child will struggle.
Excellent curriculim taught at an accelerated pace. Great sense of community between parents, teachers, and administrators. Small class size allows for personal attention to students.
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